New York Islanders: Turning Their Season Around with 3-Game Win Streak

Michael DeSantisSenior Analyst IJanuary 4, 2012

UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 31: New York Islanders line up to congratulate Evgeni Nabokov #20 following a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December 31, 2011 in Uniondale, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders are on a three-game winning streak. That may be pretty unimpressive to most teams, but this is a big step for the Isles.

Wins have been tough to come by for this team that has been plagued by inconsistent play, miscues and even some bad luck.

But over their last three games, the Isles have beaten the heat, struck oil and weathered the storm. In other words, they beat the Flames, Oilers and Hurricanes.

Over the past three games, we've seen some very good things from the Islanders.

The Isles beat the Flames 3-1 at home almost a week ago. John Tavares is looking better and better, and he scored a nifty coast-to-coast goal when he pushed the puck across the crease and went to the forehand.

Two days later, the Islanders entertained the fans even more when they beat the Oilers, 4-1. Fans got to see the strong chemistry between Tavares and Matt Moulson. Tavares made an amazing spin-o-rama pass to Moulson, who buried it top shelf.

Tavares also had a goal in the game, and Moulson had three points. The Islanders' best players are being their best players.

And last night, the Isles played on the road against the Carolina Hurricanes. The Isles got solid secondary scoring. They got goals from Kyle Okposo and Frans Nielsen, along with Moulson.

The Isles never gave up last night, not even when the Canes scored with just four minutes to go. In fact, Okposo tied it with a little over a minute to go on a sweet pass from Tavares.

Coming back like that after a disappointing loss was staring them in the face was a huge step forward.

UNIONDALE, NY - DECEMBER 31: Matt Moulson #26 of the New York Islanders skates through the line of players after being named one of the stars of the game following a 4-1 victory over the Edmonton Oilers at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on December
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Evgeni Nabokov has looked very sharp in all three of the games in the Islanders' current win streak. He's even looked pretty good in some games the Isles have lost.

The Islanders play two more games on the road trip. They go out west to play the Ducks and the Coyotes, two teams the Islanders are capable of beating.

If the Islanders can earn the bonus points on this road trip, they'll be right back in contention, believe it or not. I say bonus points, since the Isles have played less games than most of the other teams in the Eastern Conference.

The Islanders are playing like they're supposed to now. If they keep exhibiting these positive aspects of their game, they'll take a huge step forward in the season's second half.